"Perfect podolski fires gunners into top 16," headlined the daily mirror. English champion manchester city can only dream of such headlines. The multi-million euro squad missed out on a place in the last eight of the champions league for the second time in a row – despite investing 165 million euros in new signings over the past two years.
Podolski was once again a sought-after interview partner after the match. With a mischievous smile and in good english, he said: "when you score a goal like that, you"re always happy." "poldi" had after the 1-0 through jack wilshere (49.) with his left volley from 13 meters in the 63rd minute. Minute the match at emirates stadium against the french is decided. "That was a great goal. It was important. But also a super pass from olivier giroud," said the ex-kolner, who has already scored three times in europe"s top division.
The english press was enthusiastic about podolski, who has recently been somewhat sidelined by national coach joachim low. The daily telegraph enthused: "the way podolski positioned himself as the ball flew to his body, the way he completed the ball with his left foot precision and power: this second goal was a finish that brought back happy memories of when a certain robin van persie did his job here."
Also the "guardian" remembered the van persie who moved to manchester united. "You'll never get tired of watching the replay of his magnificent left-footed volley, which came on the heels of the shot that robin van persie once unleashed in this arena," the newspaper wrote. The "gunners" reached the 13. The team has reached the eighth finals for the second time in a row and is now in contention with FC schalke for victory in group B. "Now we're looking forward to the game at olympiakos," podolski said. Schalke is one payer ahead of arsenal in first place.
Unlike FC arsenal, english champions manchester city failed to compete with the best 16 teams in europe for the second time in a row after a 1-1 draw with real madrid. Coach roberto mancini not afraid for his job despite another flop. "I have no fear. The people here know football: whoever thought we could win the champions league already is crazy," the italian said.
His colleague on the opposite side also believes that mancini has a secure job in manchester. "It is good that it was city that dropped out. Because roberto can continue to work here without any problems," jose mourinho said, noting that "if real had been eliminated, the press would not have let me back to madrid."But the royals reached the eighth finals together with borussia dortmund.
Real, meanwhile, is only second behind dortmund. Fur mourinho, who will celebrate his 100. Use as a coach in the champions league celebrated, it is not a problem. He pointed to the past: "twice I finished second in the group with my teams and then won the title." He achieved this with FC porto in 2004 and with inter milan in 2010. Generally speaking, it was not going to mean much whether you came first or second in the K.O.-round has been. "A lot of teams think they got an easier opponent first," said the 49-year-old, "but if they ranmussen against real madrid, that's really bad news for them.".